A while back I had the opportunity to do a test shoot for an up and coming male modeling agency in Nashville. The shoot was a challenge that really tested my ability to be creative in a challenging space. That space was an old antiques store that was jam packed full of cool stuff, cool stuff that did not fit into my vision for the shoot. We made it work though! I am not a studio guy and natural light is my bread and butter, but it really is always fun to play with lights. Its also amazing to me still what you can do with a couple cheap lights and a sheet. Here are a few shots from the session. Model: Kristofer Dalton for BMA.
Enter Seth and Makella, two of the first people I met when I moved to Nashville almost two years ago. I was so very fortunate to encounter two souls with such passion for the people in their lives as well as each other. It has been a true pleasure getting to know these two, seeing them get engaged and then being fortunate enough to capture some special photographs that they will be able to look back on for the rest of their lives. It is a blessing to be a part of another's story, I am constantly reminded of this.
I had a spectacular opportunity to photograph Memphis May Fire, Emarosa, and Yellowcard for 5 days on their tour together last week. When all was said and done I was left with some great new friends, amazing memories and some really fun live images. This set is all Memphis May Fire covered over 4 shows. There is a lot of images I loved from all the bands so I will share the others in 2 subsequent posts soon of the other acts. I hope you enjoy!
I love the fall in Nashville, we wake up to some amazing fog some mornings and it immediately turns me from a night owl to a morning person! When you get Seattle in your backyard you make photographs.Read More
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Music photography has and always will be my favorite thing to photograph. It truly is a test of ones problem solving skills to adapt to new lighting scenarios with each different act. The colors and effects that stage lighting creates are my most favorite to work with and I still get excited to see what I can come up with. It had been a long while since I have photographed music so I have been really excited to start shooting it again. Here are a few snaps from Marathon Music Works featuring Bonobo and Jungle.
I have known Matty Mullins since I was a kid in high school. Over the years I have been so blessed to know this man and see him grow into a fantastic artist, a dedicated and loving husband, a true friend, and most importantly a strong man of God. Matt has been on a whirlwind journey the last half a decade moving from our hometown in Spokane, WA home of the Lilac City Hustlers, to Texas to join his current band Memphis May Fire a formidable force in the current heavy music scene. Over the years since Matty joined Memphis I have seen the band grow, mature, and thrive into a very impressive group of professionals that make music with passion and heart, with a mind for reaching out to their fans with a positive outlook and encouraging message.
Recently Matty, while still maintaining his loyalty and dedication to MMF, has with the help of his friend and talented producer Cameron Mizell developed a phenomenal personal solo project that released recently on 9.23.2014. The self titled record while musically dynamic and a solid effort is also a testament to Matt's heart for his family, his spiritual journey, and his love for Jesus. It is a very brave and bold record that could not make me any more proud to call him a friend. When Matt asked me to make some photographs for his new project I was excited, the set below is a sampling from the session that was created just near his home in TN. We wanted to tie in where he spends his days with his friends and family to this record and I am so glad we did.
Go pick up the new Matty Mullins record at your local Best Buy store and you can find these photos and more in the album artwork, or download it on itunes with the link below!
I have been following Caroline Acree on Instagram since I moved to Nashville and I have always been an admirer of her style. She puts together a fantastic style blog that showcases local businesses, fashions, and more! Here are my favorite images from our session at the abandoned airport in East Nashville. It was a blast exploring the area electric fence shocks and all.
You can go check out Caroline's blog here: cosmicaroline.com
Ladies, as a disclaimer, before scrolling down you may want to make sure you have something to catch your drool... I recently found myself needing to test a lighting kit for an upcoming shoot. I also happen to have a couple buddies who were more than willing to lift some heavy things in front of my camera for some impromptu fitness shots. I really like what we came up with! Here are a few of my favorite photos. Thank you to Kellen and Matt for modeling and being so strong, I think its fair to say its a better world with guys you can always trust to lift stuff for you.
I have been so fortunate to get to know Brandon and Hallie Ruth over the last year. I love photographing people go after their passions and Brandon is a killer welder. When he asked if I would be interested in shooting some frames of sparks flying I could not resist. The shoot turned into a session of candid photos and amazing portraits that really let HR and Brandon's personalities shine. It was a blast!
These are some of my favorite images, you can also check the story out on my profile in the Stellar Stories app via @shaynegarcia.
At 1 am last night I was laying in bed, reflecting on turning yet one year older. I have so much to be greatful for and yet looking back over the past 9 years that are my 20s, I cannot help but marvel at all of the changes that happen to us during this decade of our lives. I moved countless times, living in California, Texas, Washington and Tennessee. I sang in a band and learned how to play drums for another. I picked up my first digital camera, worked a number of jobs, went to school (something I never thought I'd do) and most recently married my beautiful wife Amanda.
The one thought this night however keeping me up has been that the one thing I regret most is not being better to those around me. I have wanted to "be" a hundred different things this past 9 years, but when it comes down to it, today what I realize is that what I want to be remembered for when all is said and done is not what I did, or what I created. The legacy I want remembered is how I treated others in my life. I have met some of the most incredible and talented, caring people. I live in a place packed with them, and I can't help but feeling I haven't been the best to those in my life past or present. I won't go into it deeply, but I feel at times I am very selfish. In speak and action I often make my interactions about me, and I am certain I have pile driven a number of potentially amazing friendships due to it. So as I move into this last year of being "young" I am making it a goal to be more intentional, to love genuinely and to pursue those I care about with a heart of service and compassion. I want to be more present and I will pursue the community around me actively with a heart that is good. So here's to 29. I couldn't be more excited!
This app is great! I am usually somewhat skeptical of new social apps but the polished clean function of Stellar is on point and the potential and ease of use for visual story telling is beyond anything I have seen yet. I'm definitely getting behind it. Check it out for yourself and create something great to share!
To test the waters I decided to start including my #morningminiseries collections here!
As a photographer, I sometimes feel stretched to be creative. I think this is a normal feeling for any creative. When this strikes I like to challenge myself to create something just for the sake of fostering creative growth, and becoming a better visual story teller. This morning was also one of those days that just lent me some great window light and I just couldn't resist! So here's what you can try if you find yourself with a few moments to play... Turn your normal morning routine into 3 simple photos that hang well together. Try it! It will be great to see what you can come up with. This is my mini series for today. I call it Daily Grind. :)
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